Edinburgh City Council's "telecare" scheme monitors elderly people in their homes

THOUSANDS of hospital and care-home beds are set to be freed up in the next year, with funds for remote monitoring more than doubling.

Edinburgh City Council is spending up to £1 million on “telecare” packages to help people stay in their own homes.

Measures include sensors that turn off cookers, GPS trackers for people with Alzheimer’s and alarms so elderly residents can call for help.

In the past three years, the city council has spent an average of £405,000 on telecare. This year it is rising to £950,000 as the services are offered to more people.

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